Author Shares a Bit of 'Knol' on Google

Writers finds system 'intuitive,' but pages look 'dull'
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2008 3:37 PM CDT
Google is looking to make inroads in the online-information market, launching Knol, a place where authors can offer pieces of knowledge in a non-anonymous forum.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – Now that Google has launched its "Knol" option to Wikipedia that allows people to pen articles on topics, CNET writer Elinor Mills takes a stab at being one of the site's experts. Google's offering has a key difference to Wikipedia: the writer of a Knol entry has near total control over his or her article.

It's pretty easy to create a Knol, said Mills. She found the hardest part was researching the subject. She also had trouble placing an imported New Yorker cartoons exactly where she wanted it, so she ended up not using the graphic. Mills generally finds the system intuitive, but thinks the pages it creates are a bit simple and dull.